The duo is comprised of Jimmy Stewart and Aili Emilia, who began writing and playing music together in Minneapolis, MN in the summer of 2015.
The track “Same Old Story” by the duo team “First the Winter” , took me back to when I had a rocky relationship with the mother of my second child. It was a love and hate relationship. Up and down. Same old story each time we got back. We missed each other when we were apart and then hated each other when we were together. Jimmy Stewart and Aili Emilia did a great job with this track. It started really slowly with Jimmy on vocals and acoustics and then Aili filled in the melody with her alto. Right about the 3 minute mark, the song erupts and all the other instruments accompany the singers to bring a musical representation of the lyrics together.
First the Winter is an acoustic folk rock duo hailing from the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. Heavily influenced by singer-songwriters like Damien Rice and Glen Hansard, much of their music presents a raw, somewhat dark view of love and relationships.
The duo is comprised of Jimmy Stewart and Aili Emilia, who began writing and playing music together in Minneapolis, MN in the summer of 2015. Jimmy is a classically trained pianist who taught himself to play the guitar to try to win a certain ballerina’s heart (and subsequently wrote a lot of depressing songs when that plan failed). Aili is that certain ballerina, as well as a talented vocalist.
But there’s a happy ending. At a recent and very special performance in their hometown of Minneapolis, Jimmy ended the show with the surprise of a lifetime – and Aili said “yes!” They are now happily engaged and living in the foothills of the Olympic Mountains.
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